Centre for Road Safety

Aboriginal communities benefit

Our Aboriginal Road Safety Action Plan 2014-2017 will deliver much-needed support for Aboriginal communities. It includes training for child car seat installation, driver licensing access programs, more transport options and targeted road safety improvements.

Some of the main features of the plan include:

  • A total of $5 million over five years funding to make roads in and around Aboriginal communities safer
  • Free access to the Safer Drivers Course, enabling disadvantaged learner drivers to reduce their required log book total by 20 hours
  • The continuation of our bike safety program, which has already distributed 3000 helmets to Aboriginal children.

Improving driver safety

Our research shows that Aboriginal people are over-represented in unauthorised driving offences and crashes which involve speed, alcohol, fatigue, not wearing a seatbelts and incorrect use of child car seats. Between 2005 and 2011 an average of at least eight Aboriginal people died and an average of 214 were hospitalised each year in police reported crashes on NSW roads.

Driver licensing access programs, including the Birrang Driver Licensing initiative, ACE ‘On the Road’ and the Driving Change Licensing Support Program, help provide supervision, training and valuable driving experience. These programs have delivered significant benefits, with 160 learner and 169 provisional P1 licences obtained since March 2011.

Partnership helps children

We have also contributed $200,000 to a partnership between the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council and Roads and Maritime Services, to distribute and fit child restraints to those most in need. This will help families travel to and from medical appointments safely.